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My father passed me an Omega Seamaster watch for my college graduation. That Omega Seamaster watch is a James Bond watch seen in one of the famous 007 James bond movie. It was the beginning I picked up this hobby - collecting watches....
By: GINAULT LLC
My name is Charles Ginault. I have been a devoted Rolex watches collector for half of my life.
My father passed me an Omega Seamaster watch for my college graduation. That Omega Seamaster watch is a James Bond watch seen in one of the famous 007 James bond movie. It was the beginning I picked up this hobby - collecting watches.
I then focused on collecting James Bond watches, especially James Bond's Rolex watches.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600, however, is not a James Bond watch at all. The Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 may share similar design of James Bond's Rolex Submariner, but the Rolex Sea-Dweller watch is just not an 007 instrument. But somehow, I found myself very fond of the Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600. In 2002, I picked one Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 for 4,000 something dollars at the local authorized dealer. It was a 2002 K-serial Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600, with the Helium Escapement at the 9 o'clock side that is designed particularly to this Rolex watch model.
I have been very happy wearing this Rolex professional sports watch on daily basis. I wore it to the mountains, to the sea, and even to the sky. A couple months ago, I slide while I was trying out my brother's latest Yamaha R1 on 92 towards Half Moon Bay in California. The Rolex Sea-Dweller was on my wrist. The moment I found myself okay and then stood up: I was screaming "Shit" in my head. I crashed the Rolex Sea-Dweller!
Almost immediately right after I came home, I called Rolex Service Center in L.A. The lady there politely asked me to send the Rolex watch (wreckage) to L.A., and they will take a look at how bad it is damaged, then give me a quote of restoration expanses. I got the call a month later. The restoration will knock me off $2,800, and I'll have to wait at least 6 months because they have to send everything back to Switzerland.
Okay, I broke the glass, lost the second hand on the dial, got the watch case and the bracelet some serious scratches... But in no way this kind of restoration will be $2,800. Hey, polite lady in Rolex Service Center, for this kind of money, I can grab an "in mint condition" used Rolex Submariner or even Sea-Dweller off eBay or Craigslist.
Frustrated, I felt. Then I thought, why can't I restore the Rolex Sea-Dweller myself? Grandpa is an watchmaker before he came to the States. I can surely use his professional knowledge and, maybe, un-rusted skills. My cousin George operates a small CNC mill shop nearby. I can use his help, too!
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GINAULT LLC (USA) is an independent watch making company focus on customizing high end Swiss watches, for example: Rolex watches, Panerai watches,and Omega watches.
Ginault specialized in putting diamond like coating on the grand makes watches.
Family crest imprinting on the dial or on the back of the watch, and enameling the watches’ bracelet are also what Ginault is specialized in.Ginault’s goal is simple: making the customized watch a more personalized item to its owner and his offspring.
Ginault also has its own timepiece product lines such as the C300, E350,and S500.
The C300 (Ginault factory part number W203) has a water resistance depth rating at 300 meters.The E350 (Ginault factory part number W211)shares similar design with C300, but has a thicker sapphire glass and an helium escapement valve,has a water resistance depth rating at 350 meters. The S500 (Ginault part number W220) is made of by-metal alloy has the top water resistance depth rating at 500 meters.
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